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Microsoft Admits They Goofed With Windows 8

Jack Bragen
Monday July 06, 2015 - 11:03:00 AM

When I bought a new laptop (generic--I couldn't pay for an HP) I was disappointed with the poor performance of the machine, and I was angered by the stupidity of the new version of Windows.

I do not use computers for entertainment. I am not impressed by the television commercials that are supposed to wow people with the fact that the new Microsoft product has a keyboard that can be taken off and put back on.

If I could have afforded a professional grade laptop, I would have bought one. I bought my previous laptop used from a friend. It had Windows XP, which I still believe is the best operating system Microsoft has produced.

The previous laptop, for which I had paid $75, was unusable at first because someone had a bunch of extraneous software on it, which included games, music, and about five antimalware programs that were working all at once. Once I cleaned it up, it became a great computer--almost a friend.

Then, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, and this forced me to get a newer machine. I bought a generic laptop from Acer, which has turned out to be barely usable. 

And then there is Microsoft word. I didn't want to pay for Word, so I tried downloading a free word processing app from the web. This turned out to be inadequate. So now, I am stuck paying $7 a month for rental of Microsoft office. The latest version of word also isn't very good, not as good as an earlier version that I had on my $75 laptop. 

Why is technology moving backwards instead of forward? 

And don't get me started talking of cloud storage--just don't. 

But now there is a glimmer of hope. Microsoft, with its free download of Windows 10, is tacitly acknowledging that Windows 8 was a mistake. Offering anything for free has been increasingly uncharacteristic of Microsoft. But, apparently, due to how much of a disaster Windows 8 has turned out to be, Microsoft's name is at stake. 

Meanwhile, I am stuck with this Acer laptop. I will probably look on the web for some tweaking that can be done to get it working better. 

Jack Bragen has serviced, upgraded and rebuilt PC's and was employed in the 1980's in the repair of analog televisions. In addition to his mental health writings, he currently has a short science fiction collection, titled: "Revised Short Science Fiction Collection of Jack Bragen." It is available for download or in hard copy from Amazon.